Class 2 English Use of Articles – ‘A’, ‘An’, and ‘The’| Practice Worksheet
Class 2 English : We will study three small but important words in the English language – a, an, and the. These are known as articles, words that you use in almost every sentence that you speak or write. Here we learn about the significance of articles, when and where to use them with some examples.
Definition of Articles
An article is a word used to customize a noun, which is a place, person, object, or idea. Technically, an article is an adjective. Generally, adjectives customize nouns through description, but articles are used to refer or point out to nouns. There are two different types of articles: definite and indefinite articles.
‘A’ and ‘An’ are Indefinite articles and ‘The’ is Definite articles.
‘A’ is used before common nouns which are in singular number, and which begin with a consonant sound. Example – a book, a tree, a cow, a school, etc.
‘AN’ is used before common nouns which are in singular number, and which begin with a vowel sound. A, e, I, o, and u are vowels. Example – an elephant, an airplane, an umbrella, an orange, an ink-pot, etc.
Note: the words ‘hour’ and ‘honest’ begin with the consonant ‘h’, but the ‘h’ is silent. Therefore, we use ‘an’ before them – ‘an honest boy’, ‘an hour’.
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The definite article ‘the’ is used in the following cases.
- When a singular noun represents a whole class.
The camel is a beast of burden. (Here the singular noun ‘camel’ is used to refer to all the camels.)
Note: when a plural noun is used to talk about things in general, articles are usually omitted.
Example: Camels are beasts of burden, Computers are costly.
Note that the article ‘the’ is never used before the nouns ‘man’ and ‘woman’, when they represent the whole class.
Woman is mortal. (NOT The woman is mortal)
2.’ The’ is used when we speak of the same noun again.
Example: Once there was a monkey. The monkey was very hungry.
- ‘The’ is used before a noun when it is the only one of its kind in the given situation.
Example: Some children were playing in the park. The children were very happy.
- ‘The’ is used before particular nouns
Example: The sun shines in the sky.
- ‘The’ is used before the names of rivers, canals, deserts, mountains, newspapers, holy books, oceans, seas, famous buildings, etc.
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